Federal inmate's sizable West Virginia presidential vote tally
May 9th, 2012
08:16 AM ET
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Federal inmate's sizable West Virginia presidential vote tally

(CNN) – An incarcerated 53-year-old man is beating President Barack Obama in eight West Virginia counties following the state's Democratic Presidential Primary Tuesday, according to the latest figures from the West Virginia secretary of state.

Keith Judd, who is currently serving a 210-month sentence at a correctional facility in Texarkana, Texas for extortion, is trailing the president 42.28% to 57.72% in the state based on the unofficial vote totals, but is leading in eight counties.

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Judd only needs 15% of the vote to qualify for at least one delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina this summer, according to The Charleston Gazette. His expected release date is June 24, 2013, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Obama has not had electoral success in West Virginia, a reliably red state in presidential politics. He was crushed by then-Sen. Hillary Clinton in the state's Democratic presidential primary in May 2008 by a 67% to 26% margin. And he lost the state to Sen. John McCain, the then-Republican presidential nominee, 56% to 43% in the November 2008 general election.

The Mountain State's Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and junior Sen. Joe Manchin have also recently distanced themselves from the president ahead of their 2012 elections.

In Tuesday's election, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney received nearly 70% of the vote, according to the latest unofficial figures, while former candidate Rick Santorum garnered over 12% support and Rep. Ron Paul captured just over 11% of the vote.

Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • West Virginia
soundoff (420 Responses)
  1. Yonni

    What this says about West Virginia?

    May 9, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  2. David

    Do we need further proof that people in West Virginia are crazy?

    May 9, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  3. Marie MD

    If you have nothing good to say, in this case west virginia, don't say anything!

    May 9, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Without a doubt, a significant percentage of West Virginians do not like Pres. Obama. They didn't like in 2008, either.

    May 9, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  5. macrasta

    West Virginia has issues

    May 9, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  6. Alan

    I keep asking myself how much of President Obama's favorability ratings are bigot based. I guess in West Virginia it is around 45%. What a shame that this kind of bigotry continues, and talk about a state making itself look really bad..... I hear banjo music.

    May 9, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  7. Ana

    As a West Virginia native, I'm embarrassed and confused by the votes for Keith Judd in yesterday's primaries. I suspect that many Democrats who for one reason or another have not supported the President, may have voted for Judd as a "protest" vote, not even knowing who they were really voting for. Whether they voted out of ignorance or choice, it is still a very sad moment in our state's history.

    May 9, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  8. Scott

    I guess this inmate is better regarded then Obama, go figure. people are onto the fact Obama is a crook.

    May 9, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  9. dee

    I luv this...
    even and inmate can see the descruction of obamanoics

    May 9, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  10. pjoe

    Hmmmmm. Maybe John Edwards should run for President this year. Seems Democrats are still looking for "hope and change" instead of the same-old-same-old "forward" Obama.

    May 9, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  11. acdcguy

    Guess was hard for dems to decide which criminal to vote for !!!

    May 9, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  12. FedUp

    I love it! Unbelievable!

    May 9, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  13. Guess What

    hey obama a better crook doing time can beat you, haha

    May 9, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  14. Fair is Fair

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.... oh this is just too much! Late-night TV is going to have a field day with this one!

    May 9, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    West Virigina you said, right?
    The share-a-tooth state?
    Sounds about right then.

    May 9, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  16. GoodRiddance

    de we need to say anthing here, data speaks for itself

    May 9, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  17. Alleygator

    It's West Virginia - what did you expect?

    May 9, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  18. PaulC

    Anyone who has ever lived in or visited West Virginia should not be surprised. This is not mensa country.

    May 9, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  19. mike

    it is west virginia. that is why is considered a punchline, not a state

    May 9, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  20. Tom

    Really shows how ignorant folks are in some parts of the country,Why is a convicted felon even allowed to be put on the voting register,Thats W. Virginny for ya,Glad Mitts leadin them to the trough

    May 9, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  21. Len Smith

    This is all so very stupid that it is not even worth the news reporting. President Obama has been a good president and worked very hard to bring this country back from what was a very bad situation and could have been even worse had he not worked with President Bush to ensure our survival during the worse financial crisis in years. Now West Virginia's Governor and Senator are not looking favorably upon the President, where are they coming from? And a prisoner in Texas is running against him in a primary, what idiots put his name on the ballot?

    May 9, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  22. R

    This is West Virginia. Why is this such a shock.

    May 9, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  23. Darth Cheney

    Gee, I wonder if Republicans are crossing party lines to cast a joke vote. Nobody would ever think of that...

    May 9, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  24. corey

    West virginia is the most racist state in the country.

    May 9, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. gt

    well obama can scratch off this state...

    May 9, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
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